Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD is among five emerging artists who will receive grants from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. The fund awards $50,000 a year for up to two years to artists who have demonstrated great talent and are on the cusp of a professional breakthrough.
In addition to Chen, the third-place finisher in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the awards will go to Julia Bullock, a soprano who won the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions; Caitlin Cherry, a visual artist whose work was on view in a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013; McKenzie Chinn, an actress, writer and filmmaker who has appeared in productions at the Goodman Theater and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago; and Joseph Gorak, a soloist with American Ballet Theater. Sean Chen will receive a two-year award of $100,000. Each of the four other recipients will receive one-year awards of $50,000.
Including the current group, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund has paid or pledged more than $5 million over the last eight years in career-development grants to artists to create work, receive training, travel to performances, develop studios, buy materials, pay for living expenses and health care, pay down student debt, or otherwise develop their talents to their fullest. The arts fellows, selected in consultation with partner organizations, work under the guidance of mentors chosen by the partners and the Leonore Annenberg Fund. MORE